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Adjunct Staff

Kevin Byrne - Adjunct Lecturer

Dr Kevin Byrne works on genomics in the UCD School of Medicine, based in the Conway Institute. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, where he teaches on genome analysis. He is a theoretical physics graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he also undertook a masters in elementary particle theory and a doctorate in genome evolution. Dr Byrne's research focuses on studying genome evolution and organisation using model organisms and bioinformatics approaches. He is a former IRCSET council member.

Darren Cunningham - Adjunct Professor

Co-founder and Chief Executive, Inflection Biosciences Ltd, a company developing small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Kora Healthcare. Prior to co-founding Inflection Biosciences Ltd, Darren spent 8 years at years at NASDAQ listed Amarin Corporation plc in a range of senior positions with responsibility covering corporate development and investor relations. Prior to Amarin, Darren was an Associate Director of Strategic Planning at publicly quoted drug company Elan Corporation plc. Darren holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the National University of Ireland Galway, and a Masters in Accountancy from the Michael Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin. He trained at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Daniel Hawtree - Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr Daniel Hawtree is a research officer at Teagasc, with a research focus on catchment modelling within the Agricultural Catchment Program. Following his PhD research at the Technische Universität Dresden, he carried out post-doctoral research on two Interreg funded projects (SWIM and Acclimatize) at UCD, working in coordination with the schools of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. His research on these projects focused on the development of statistical and machine learning models to predict meteorologically driven microbial pollution in recreational bathing waters in Ireland. His current research is focused on the development and application of models to predict the flux of agriculturally sourced pollutants across a range of spatial and temporal scales in rural landscapes. 

Dr Jan Huckfeldt - Adjunct Professor

Dr Jan Huckfeldt is Chief Commercial Officer at Climeworks, a climate action company removing CO2 directly from the atmosphere to store it permanently and measurably underground through mineralization. He is co-founder of NewNow, a novel dual-generationconsultancy leveraging artificial intelligence and data science for more impact and speed. Previously, Jan held senior executive roles at multinationals such as Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, and Lenovo, where he was Chief Marketing Officer of the $7B Mobile Business Group. Jan is passionately engaged in supporting Cleantech. He serves on the advisory board of Future Cleantech Architects and holds a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Michael Jordan - Adjunct Professor

Dr Michael Jordan is Director of Regulatory CMC at Prothena Biosciences. This is a global strategy role with accountability for the generation and submission of Drug Substance and Drug Product Chemistry,  Manufacturing and Control (CMC) filings for development products at different clinical phases.  The role works closely with new product and new facility start-up for the commercialization of bio pharmaceuticals leading to lifec-ycle management and post approval change management.

Dr Jordan has extensive knowledge in the pharmaceutical and bio pharmaceutical sectors from early stage development, to technology transfer and scale up, into life-cycle management and optimization to regulatory CMC submission, defense and approvals.

Brian Malone - Adjunct Professor

Brian Malone is based in Boston USA where he works in the biotech industry as both a Chief Financial Officer in emerging biotech entities and also with venture capital funds with a biotech focus. He is currently working with Life Biosciences Inc. www.lifebiosciences.com a biotech company focused on diseases of ageing and with Biospring Management Partners, a venture capital fund focused on making investments in the synthetic biology space. www.biospring.com Prior to moving to the USA, Brian worked with a large international investment management firm in London. Brian graduated from University College Dublin with a B.Sc. (Hons) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Additionally he has a postgraduate qualification in IT from Dublin City University and in 2018 completed the Diploma in Strategic Growth (Biotech and Pharma Industry) at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He was an adjunct professor at Boston College where he lectured on Business Planning as part of the executive MBA course.

Dr Richard Murphy - Adjunct Professor

Dr. Richard Murphy is the research director at the Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Ireland. He received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1994 from the University of Galway and earned his doctorate there in 1999.  Richard leads a team with diverse research areas including trace element chelation, the microbiome, pathogen control, antimicrobial resistance and crop sciences.   He maintains strong links with numerous universities and research institutions including UCD, DCU, MU and SETU. He has been previously appointed as an adjunct professor in the faculty of science and health studies at DCU.

Dr Claire O’Connell - Adjunct Professor

Dr Claire O'Connell is a science writer and journalist who contributes to The Irish Times and Silicon Republic. She studied Science in UCD, graduating in 1992 with a First Class Honours B.Sc. in Botany. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in cell biology under the supervision of Professor Finian Martin. Claire carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Glasgow and University of Sydney, then she worked for various companies as a technical writer before earning a Masters in Science Communication from Dublin City University and building her career as a science writer in Ireland and internationally. Claire has worked closely with UCD to write the Science Apprentice book series for children as well as numerous profiles of academics for the UCD website and publications. In 2016, Claire was named Irish Science Writer of the Year.

Ena Prosser - Adjunct Professor

Dr Ena Prosser is a Partner in Fountain Healthcare Partners. An immunologist by training, Ena has a broad background in international alliance and intellectual property management. She has led rigorous due diligence projects on technologies and products within the Specialty Pharma, diagnostic, device and biotechnology areas.  Prior to helping establish Fountain, Ena led Enterprise Ireland’s life science group where she assisted a number of Irish starts ups.

Visiting Staff

Annette Byrne  - Visiting Full Professor

Professor & Head, RCSI Precision Cancer Medicine Group at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Matthias Landgraf - Visiting Professor

Reader in Developmental Neurobiology, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge.

Alberto Villanueva - Visiting Professor

Professor of Biomedicine at the International University of Catalonia; Group Leader, Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO)

Emeritus Staff

William (Liam) Fogarty

  • Emeritus Professor of Industrial Microbiology

Paul Engel MRIA

  • Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
  • email: paul.engel@ucd.ie

Alan Keenan

  • Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology
  • email: alan.keenan@ucd.ie

Gethin McBean

  • Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
  • email: gethin.mcbean@ucd.ie

Paul Malthouse MRIA

  • Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
  • email: j.paul.g.malthouse@ucd.ie

Finian Martin

  • Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology
  • email: finian.martin@ucd.ie

Stephen Mayhew MRIA

  • Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
  • email: stephen.mayhew@ucd.ie

Michael Ryan

  • Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology

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